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Ready or Not, Here Comes Menu Labeling

FMI committed to making ‘lemonade out of FDA lemons’
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Enforcement of the controversial federal menu labeling regulations becomes the law of the land, effective Monday, May 7, 2018.

The Food and Drug Administration’s new menu labeling mandate will now require restaurants and grocery stores with 20 or more locations to comply with the menu labeling regulations—which, in a nutshell, mandate that operators of such establishments post calorie counts on menus and menu boards.

While the FDA, consumer advocates and other organizations are cheering the implementation of the new menu labeling law, the retail food industry’s leading trade associations are far less enthusiastic, but remain committed to helping grocery retailers adapt with compliance.

“We are trying to make lemonade out of the lemons FDA presented—working to implement a law that was poorly designed for the businesses we represent and poses liability challenges at the state and local levels with regard to enforcement,” said Jennifer Hatcher, FMI’s chief public policy officer and SVP of government relations.

“That said, our members have exerted an extraordinary effort in analyzing and labeling hundreds and in some cases, more than 1,000 items, thus enabling customers to identify more clearly the wide array of healthy options available in a grocery store,” she said.

FMI has compliance resources for the menu labeling rule here.

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